Originally Posted by jillio
Thanks for reaffirming that the oral only attitude is still prevalent in the CI community. This is a point shel and I have often brought up, only to be told by the CI zealots that we are wrong. Your experience confirms.
I think my point was that having a CI doesn't preclude pursuing a billingual approach, such as Coles mum appears to be following with some success. I don't deny that overall, that many professionals have an oral approach. The problem that many parents face is getting a broad range of information.
However, the difference is that you appear to argue that this is one of the reasons why deaf children should not be implanted at all. Whereas I would personally encourage parents to be educated about all the different viewpoints and experiences when they are in the process of considering implanting their child and to learn to sign as well.
It's not an either/or situation.